China calls on Pakistan, India to avoid unilateral actions on Kashmir issue

China calls on Pakistan, India to avoid unilateral actions on Kashmir issue

China has "reassured Pakistan of it's support and commitment" and announced that it supported Islamabad's decision to approach the UN Security Council in the wake of India's decision to revoke Article 370 of its Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, media reports said on Saturday.

Led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, top Pakistani leadership have been calling world leaders and its top diplomats have been meeting United States lawmakers and senior officials in Washington and NY to ascertain their position and telling them that it is headed for a war if there is no mediation by them. "The leaders discussed the serious situation in Kashmir and agreed on the importance of maintaining dialogue", Downing Street said in a statement. He stressed that as all-weather strategic cooperative partners, China and Pakistan have understood and supported each other on issues concerning the respective core interests.

Both Pakistan and India are China's friendly neighbors and major developing countries at the crucial stage of development, said Wang, who called on the two sides to prioritize their national development and peace in South Asia, and to properly handle historical grievances, break the zero-sum mindset, avoid unilateral actions and seek a new path of peaceful coexistence.

Qureshi said that while Pakistan is not planning to take any military action, it is ready to counter any potential aggression by India.

There is a clear understanding inside the Trump administration that Pakistan will try and use the developments in Kashmir to calibrate USA response, the sources said.

The foreign minister said he conveyed Pakistan's concerns that after the amendments to Kashmir's status and after curfew restrictions are removed, a new reign of oppression and barbarism may be enforced with which not only will further human rights violations occur but there is fear it will lead to further bloodshed. The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, also reiterated the EU's stance of continuing to back a "bilateral solution" between India and Pakistan on Kashmir. Qureshi said Secretary General of UN's statement is in line with our views on Kashmir.

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